Category Archives: Taking my Body Back

Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 in 2010, Jennifer Merschdorf chronicles her “new normal” while training for the YSC Tour de Pink rides to take her body back from cancer. You will also find posts on body image, sexuality and other topics unique to young women with breast cancer.

YSC Tour de Pink – Why? Well, Why Not?!

Many people think I ride in YSC Tour de Pink because I have been involved since day one and think “how can I not.”  In all honesty, that is a part of it, but the biggest reason I ride is … Continue reading

Breast cancer stole my pretty, but I snagged it back.

Ten days after my diagnosis, I started chemotherapy. I decided to take some sexy photos before my mastectomy. I never intended to show them to anyone. These photos were just for me. I wanted to capture and freeze this time … Continue reading

We Heart a Great Fit @ Nordstrom

YSC is excited to partner with Nordstrom on the “We heart a great fit” event April 26–27.  Nordstrom stores across the country will be hosting a bra fitting event this Friday and Saturday, where professional fitters will be on hand to … Continue reading

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Tour de Pink 2013 … It’s Time!

For many of us across the country, it feels like spring will never come; as winter drags on, the last thing many of us are thinking about is our bike. Actually — I am not sure if that is true … Continue reading

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I Will Never Forget Tour de Pink 2012

  Tour de Pink is hard. Some think it might be too hard … but I think it’s just right. It’s supposed to be hard. Because it’s about proving to yourself that you’re just as strong, if not stronger, than … Continue reading

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Lisa J. Frank

  Lisa Frank — YSC Founding Member, Board President and YSC Tour de Pink® Co-Founder It was 1998; I was 36 and focused on my career as a lawyer. I was enjoying time with friends and having fun dating when I was … Continue reading

“I’ve got this hill … I’ve been training for 8 hours a day for the last 2 days!”

Well, I did it! I needed to prove to myself that cancer had not beaten me … and I did. With the amazing support of friends who rode with me (specifically, Kristin Westbrook and Marcia Donziger who never left my … Continue reading

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This Ride Is Not About Winning

The first of two Tour de Pink rides happening this weekend starts tomorrow, and I can’t tell if I am nervous that it will be too hard, excited for the challenge or anxious to have this behind me … probably … Continue reading

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Staying in the Moment

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” — Buddha All of us have given … Continue reading

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East Coast versus West Coast

I bet if we all took a look at our friends and where they live, we would have people close to us on BOTH coasts … and everywhere in between! Take me for example. I grew up in the Bay … Continue reading

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